Podcast: Race and disease risk and Berlin’s singing nightingales

first_img Noncancerous tumors of the uterus—also known as fibroids—are extremely common in women. One risk factor, according to the scientific literature, is “black race.” But such simplistic categories may actually obscure the real drivers of the disparities in outcomes for women with fibroids, according to this week’s guest. Host Meagan Cantwell speaks with Jada Benn Torres, an associate professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, about how using interdisciplinary approaches— incorporating both genetic and cultural perspectives—can paint a more complete picture of how race shapes our understanding of diseases and how they are treated.In our monthly books segment, book review editor Valerie Thompson talks with David Rothenberg, author of the book Nightingales in Berlin: Searching for the Perfect Sound, about spending time with birds, whales, and neuroscientists trying to understand the aesthetics of human and animal music.This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.Download the transcript (PDF)Listen to previous podcasts.About the Science Podcast[Image: Carlos Delgado/Wikipedia; Matthias Ripp/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook] Carlos Delgado/Wikipedia; Matthias Ripp/Flickr last_img read more

Delhi BJP launches sports tournament in city

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) In a move aimed at connecting with youth in the national capital ahead of municipal polls, the Delhi BJP has launched a week-long sports tournament to be held across the city from February 26.The sports tournament titled “Khel Dilli Khel” will be held in all the 280 mandals of Delhi BJP which coincide with 272 wards of three municipal corporations scheduled to go for polls in April.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari launched specially- decorated vehicles outside Dhyan Chand stadium to promote the tournament and enlist teams from 7 parliamentary constituencies in Delhi.”Being a sportsperson and artist, I feel the need to encourage sports and cultural activities both in the party as well as in the society as this helps bring people closer,” Tiwari said. The tournament will include kabaddi, kho kho, bodybuilding, football, basketball and volleyball matches.Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes of Rs 51,000. The runners up and second runners up will get Rs 21,000 and 11,000 in cash, said Delhi BJP media incharge Praveen Kapoor. PTI VIT KUNlast_img read more

CJ says will continue to make political statements

first_imgSurendra Kumar SinhaChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Saturday said if anyone thinks that he (SK Sinha) makes ‘political statements’ he will continue to do so for the sake of the judiciary.”If anyone thinks that my statements are political then I’ll do that more for the sake of the judiciary,” he told a function at the Supreme Court Auditorium, reports UNB. The function was arranged to award country’s first female judge Nazmun Ara Sultana as she went on retirement.”Honourable [law] minister, I’m telling you the main building of the Supreme Court is in very bad shape… rainwater drops on the chair I sit on, while the main record room of the High Court and the Appellate Division is also situated in this building.”Law minister Anisul Huq was also present at the function.”The proposal for building a new annex building is still pending with ECNEC. The present building won’t sustain for more than 5-6 years. One day we’ll have to deliver justice sitting in an open space if the [proposed] 20-storey annex building is not constructed soon. Honourable minister, how the judiciary will continue?” he asked.Addressing the programme, Anisul Huq said, “Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana is part of history of the country and its judiciary. Following her footsteps, many women have taken up this profession. Now there are 24 percent female judges in the country.”last_img read more